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Quarantine +Chill

Hope you all are staying home and safe!

I have been taking time to really create and enjoy this “stillness”. I’m loving being at home and staying cozy and this Hanes set is perfect for every single day! (I got it from Amazon)

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I added a pop of glam to this set by pairing my Custom Jasper necklace from Affirmation Crystals!

 

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How are you all holding up? What are you doing in this time?  How have you grown? Let’s chat in the comments!

XOXO,Arella 

Blogger · chicago · Uncategorized

The Recap: Altiro Latin Fusion

The moment I walked in, I knew that I was going to have a great night! The warm and inviting decor and the friendly staff set the vibe for a great evening at Altiro Latin Fusion newest location in Downtown Aurora!

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I was so ready to dig into this Ala papa Brava + Ala Pina drink! ( this drink had a spicy +sweet flavor which was super yummy)

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My server, Jessica was amazing at recommending all the favorites and must haves! Food is Tapas style and great for sharing! (perfect for date nights or A girl’s night out)

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Do you all see THIS spread! (SO GOOD)

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This dish, the Ala Paella was top on my favorite dishes, so flavorful and had all of my favorite seafood with each bite!

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The owners are Erika and Roberto who are husband and wife dream team and every bit of #goals! Roberto is the executive chef and Erika is behind the beautiful decor throughout the restaurant! (can you say Power Couple?!)

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And of course I couldn’t leave without dessert and it was plantains with a chocolate sauce and sprinkles!! ( I love sprinkles,how did they know?)

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If you are coming to Downtown Aurora make sure you check out Altiro Latin Fusion’s newest location!

Tell them I sent you when you go! Thank you so much to everyone at Altiro Aurora for their hospitality!

I will be back very soon!

All photos by: Amy Nelson Photography

XOXO, Arella

Blogger · chicago · Fashion · Uncategorized

Graphic Tees+ Prints

The best  advice on mixing prints and graphic tee’s is to have fun and don’t be afraid to mix up looks that normally wouldn’t go! Play around with your white and colored tees and see how they look with leopard prints, cheetah, snake etc. Using a plain shoe will also help bring out the look and not become to “busy”.

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I paired a black graphic tee from She knows her worth with a pair of stretchy knit paints from my fave place, Discovery Clothing Company! They were 5.99 and I wear them all the time!

Do you mix prints? How do you mix them? Let me know!!

XOXO,Arella 

 

chicago · Events · Uncategorized

The Recap: House of Beetle Pop Up Bar

Last week I was invited to the opening night of the House of Beetle Pop-up bar located at Bassline in Chicago.

The popup bar is inspired by the Tim Burton classic movie, Beetlejuice and features a interactive experience with remnants of the movie all over the venue!

Carefully curated cocktails and food were served and movie characters were roaming around taking photos with guests. I met BeetleJuice YA’LL.

I don’t do “Scary” stuff so this was just the right amount of scary for me. Fun fact: When I went to Disneyworld as a kid I always went to the BeetleJuice Graveyard review event. 😂 it has since closed but it was very popular back in the day.

I enjoyed the whole ambiance of the popup and to top it all off my favorite cupcake truck, A Sweets Girl has exclusive cupcakes available for purchase outside of the bar that are all themed.

Did you like the movie Beetlejuice? If your in Chicago you gotta go and check it out!

Tickets can be purchased here and It is selling out so fast!

XOXO,Arella

chicago · Events · Fashion · food · Uncategorized

The Recap: African Festival of the Arts

Every year The African Festival of the arts puts on a amazing mix of fashion, food and live music during the weekend of Labor Day and it holds a special place in my heart as a summertime Chicago staple.

I go to find unique pieces for my closet and I love supporting the local artists from all over. Some of the best items to get at the fest, Art Work ( Mind Blowing) and Accessories ( I always grab earrings).

With foods from all over you can try lots of amazing traditional foods and also some cool new options. I’ve been going to the African Festival of the Arts for years and I always opt for trying something new, that didn’t change this year.

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My Girl Cherita from Beauty Marked Vintage enjoyed the #AFAchi30
Vegan “shrmp”from good2go

Along with seeing the culture, seeing the look and enjoying the #blackgirlmagic and #blackboyjoy energy you can always count on a dope musical lineup.

After the show I can’t stop playing his new song BGM ( Black Girl Magic)

This year had headliners Wale and Rotimi (If you follow my Instagram you know Rotimi and I go together. Just Kidding.🤪

Connect with The African Festival of the arts and head out next year!

Have you been?

XOXO, Arella

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The Recap: Sip and Slay with ORS.

A few weeks ago, Hair Care brand, ORS,Launched their new line, #orsfixit with a beautiful launch party featuring a live hair demo by Viral Hair stylist, Anthony Cuts.

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MR. Cuts and I ( Is he a model also because?)

Cuts is know for his amazing transformations with wigs, weaves and makeup and went right along with the product line ORS unveiled. I had the honor to attend the exclusive event and it was fun but also inspirational, because ORS is the first multicultural hair brand to launch a collection for Wigs and Weaves specifically.

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The complete #orsfixit Line!

The line includes 3 main products that keep lace fronts in place, keep edges together and tame leave outs and flyaways associated with wearing, wigs and weaves. The products can also be used on natural hair as well.( Dual Hair Care,yass ORS) Mr. Cuts did a live hands on tutorial on how he uses the new products on his lace front wig clients and the results were amazing!

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The venue for the festivities took place in the newly remodeled ORS Salon in the South Loop, who knew that they had a Salon Space?! Instaworthy bloggers, youtubers and stylists were all in attendance. ( including Ya Girl!)

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Mini Banana Puddings for the win!
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Anthony Cuts with his finished model!
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Finishing the last few touches before the models wig is slayyed!

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Youtuber MsVaughnTV and I (I just love her)
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The attention to detail was real real ,down to the table cloths! The Wine is a local brand , LCS
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Décor added such a glam touch to the ambience.
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The newly remodeled ORS salon was done so beautiful!

All products are available in Walmart and your local Beauty Supply Stores and you can also get more information at the ORS official website! Have you used ORS products before? What’s your favorites? Mine is the Hair Repair line!

XOXO, Arella

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The Recap: Pipeline+ Black Beauty Fest

This Weekend I got the opportunity to attend the Black Beauty Fest at Victory Gardens Theater to celebrate Black History Month! It was a space for vendors, food, beauty and a special performance of The Black Monologues!

The Black Monologues are monologues about Black life and the perspective from a various group of black people and the struggles they have endured.

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The Black Beauty Fest portion featured vendors from all over that have a small business, guests were encouraged to shop and mingle with each other while celebrating Black Beauty!

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Vegan Wine from Sip and Share Winery!
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Products from Eden Body Works!

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Rashaunah, the founder of Chi-Town Naturals and I

After the day’s events, I was able to attend the show Pipeline written by Dominique Morisseau. The play depicts the story of a mom who is trying to take the best care of her son while being a single mom. It touches on how stress can take a toll on you and how complex co-parenting can be when the issues have never been dealt with. It also discusses how each parent’s issues cause trauma on the child and it never gets dealt with until something bad happens. great cast and great story!

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The playbill from Pipeline!

If you are in Chicago check out Pipeline, which is at VGT until March! Thank you to VGT and Black Bloggers Chicago for the opportunity!

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Do you love theater? If so, tell me your favorite shows!

XOXO, Arella

Blogger · chicago · Events · Uncategorized

The Recap: Currency of Confidence Podcast Taping

Have you ever wondered why people who are successful have confidence around themselves? It’s because they have figured “IT” out. Not the “IT” of getting rich quick or scheming but how to successfully grow their business and also confidently manage all the aspects, number one would be currency, that money, those coins.

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Lawyer bae, Ashley Nicole is letting everyone in on the gems she learned to help her grow her business,  Mobile General Counsel and lead others the information she has to help you not only manage the business side of creating a business but also being confident in who you are as a person. I had to opportunity to attend the live taping of Ashley Nicole’s podcast and I left with gems for days!
Let’s get into them!

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Ashley talking to her parents about how to raise confident Children!
  1. Being there for your children and showing them confidence allows them to understand how much they are worth. (These Gems came from Ashley Nicole’s parents who talked in depth about how confidence plays a big part in raising confident children)

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    The beautiful clothing from one of the vendors! House of Divahs!

2.  Check up on yourself and take care of your mental health! Let’s keep tabs on our mental health concerns and address them.  It’s okay sis, you have to take care of you FIRST.

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Pretty and Bossed shirt from the Pretty and Bossed Brand! LOOOVed this!

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3. Setting Goals and making plans help your business run smoothly which in turn make you confident in your business and hitting each goal you set! This gem was given from Kim Lewis who is the founder of a brand called, Curl Mix! Her story was so amazing!

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Myself and the lady of the Hour, Ashley Kirkwood, ESQ.

4.  Charmaine J, for Black Ink Chicago, discussed how confidence and honesty plays a huge role in maintaining her relationship with her boyfriend despite all the pressures and criticisms of being on Reality Tv!

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PaigesQuinn, unique art!

Ashley gave us information to move forward with and also left us with things to do to complete our “WORK”. In addition, Ashley is also available to help with legal advice, trademark questions etc! When you get a chance check out her Podcast for all of this and more!

Connect with Ashley Here:

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How are you working on your confidence in your life/ work this year? Let’s chat about it!

XOXO, Arella

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More Life: Travel & Adventure Show 2019

One of my favorite times of the year has passed and that is Travel Show time! yay! Last year I had so much fun and learned a whole lot about  travel plans, destinations and travel tips and this year I learned even more!

I got to meet Angel from Angel’s Travel Lounge    who I talked to about my over packers syndrome here!  There he gave more great tips on packing, travel tech and how to make the most of your trips!

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Learning about the different parts and sights of Africa!

This year a couple places caught my eye! Palm Springs California stood out to me because of the beauty and Arizona also stood out as well!

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Angel and I 

If you’ve never been to to a Travel & Adventure Show please check it out in your city! Here is the schedule for the rest of the year! If you plan on going to the show, let me know!

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Some Amazing Goat cheese and Jam from Arizona!
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My mom asking a few questions to Angel after his seminar!
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Enjoyed learning about Guatemala and the exciting culture!
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Along with the Camel this is my favorite interactive part of the show, A live Scuba tank, where you can learn on the spot! Go Dive!

I’m so excited to budget in my travel this year and looking forward to exploring more travel destination  and going to this show helped me plan it out!

Are you setting aside a budget and time to travel this year? If so where?

XOXO,Arella